Timmins, with the Cowboy Junkies in Japan, July 30, 1988
January 27, 1961 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||Cowboy Junkies|
Margo Timmins (born January 27, 1961) is the lead vocalist of the Canadian band Cowboy Junkies. She is the sister of Michael Timmins, the band's lead guitarist, and Peter Timmins, the band's drummer. Her ethereal vocals, paired with the band's spare and quiet songs performed at a languid pace, combine to create the band's sound.
Early life and education
Timmins was born and spent most of her childhood in Montreal as one of six children of Barbara and John Timmins. Her father, John Timmins, who worked in the sales and marketing divisions of several aviation companies, passed his enthusiasm for music to his children. Timmins also had access to her brother Michael's extensive record collection. She was encouraged to sing at home, in school plays and pageants and at camp.
In 1977, the Timmins family moved from Montreal to Toronto. They lived in Etobicoke in the west-end of the city and Margo attended Richview Collegiate Institute. After graduating from high school, Timmins and her brother Michael explored the punk music scene on Toronto's Queen Street West. When Michael started his first band, the Hunger Project, she helped out, taking the tickets, and carrying the equipment. She supported herself by doing clerical work for her father and performing chores around the house.
In 1985, was asked by her brother Michael Timmins to be the vocalist for his new band, Cowboy Junkies. It took her a while to get used to her role as the lead singer, something she hadn't done before. After a shaky start, which sometimes saw her singing with her back turned, she gradually became more comfortable singing in front of an audience. Timmins continued to struggle with stage fright for some time, overcoming it with the help of a pre-show ritual: ironing her dress, examining the set list, arranging flowers for the stage, and sipping tea.
Timmins met Graham Henderson, an entertainment lawyer, in the mid-1980s after he heard the band's demo tapes and went to see them at Toronto's nightclub/restaurant The Rivoli. While he was working to get the Junkies a deal with BMG in the U.S., Henderson and Timmins started dating. The pair married in 1988. Henderson has been a partner at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault and served as vice-president of business affairs and e-commerce at Universal Music Canada until 2000 when he was named president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). During the recording of the Cowboy Junkies CD One Soul Now, they went through the process of adopting a son.
Timmins continued to tour with Cowboy Junkies. She sang "O Canada" at the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, while Meat Loaf sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the same game. In 2009, she released a solo album of covers Margo's Corner: Ty Tyrfu Sessions, Volume 1.
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